Forest fire season begins
Environment Minister Francisco Domínguez Brito has warned that the season for forest fires has now begun.
According to a press release, the minister has met with the forest firefighters, offering appreciation for their work and urged them to protect the environment and the protected areas.
The national director of Forest Fires, Gerónimo Abreu, has emphasized the need to work on controlling forest fires that he said can be sparked by a combination of drought, preparation of land for farming and the strong winds that occur at this time of year.
He said that last year there were 166 forest fires that affected 1,154 hectares, mainly in the vulnerable areas of la Sierra de Bahoruco, Los Haitises, the Cordillera Central, San José de Las Matas, San José de Ocoa, Restauración and Elías Piña, where the watches have been increased.
Abreu asked the population not to set fires in wooded areas and reminded farmers not to burn crop residues on agricultural land. He also asked the population to be vigilant and report to the authorities any fire, no matter how minor, as soon as these are seen.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Feb 2, 2017
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